LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It has been a difficult few weeks for police officers across the country, and tonight University of Louisville head football coach Bobby Petrino reached out to area men in blue.
Petrino invited officers from the Kentucky State Police and Louisville Metro Police Department to watch the Cards lift weights under the lights, on the field at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
"It's nice of him to call us, these are tough times for law enforcement," Rick Sanders said. Sanders is the Commissioner for the Kentucky State Police. He added, "so you know, that's an extra touch that coach put on it and we really appreciate him inviting us out."
The audience added some extra motivation for the players, who were maxing out and then jumping up to ring the bell.
" We appreciate everything they do for us and you know, whether it's taking us to games or anything like that, so you know, I guess it's good for us to show the community that we appreciate them and it might help out in the long run seeing that," Cards junior Reggie Bonnafon said.
Louisville Metro Police officer Matthew Montano was impressed with the size of the players. He says the admiration is mutual. " It really means a lot, showing that the University of Louisville football team has kind of the police's back and you know, we always got their back," Montano said.
The Cards begin practice next week. Their season opener is Thursday, September 1, at 7 p.m. in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium against Charlotte.